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Cowboys Game Week: A Fair Warning to Cowboys Nation

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Game Week: A Fair Warning to Cowboys Nation

The Dallas Cowboys have not played a football game since January 3rd. For Cowboys Nation, it has been far too long since we've had a chance to see guys like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Sean Lee doing their thing for the silver and blue. That early-January home loss to the Redskins did little fill that void which will soon be closed when it comes to watching the best players that put the star on the side of their helmet, as it instead ended a painful 4-12 season that was derailed by injuries up and down the roster.

Saturday's game at The Coliseum against the Rams may prove to be a similar exercise, as so many preseason openers typically are. Still, the Cowboys will be playing the first nationally televised game of the 2016 season, against a team with a shiny new home in Los Angeles.

The NFL - and the national media that covers it - will surely love this story line, but I'm here to tell Cowboys fans why your love for their coverage should end right there after Saturday's game.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

With HOF Game being cancelled, the 1st Nationally Televised football game of 2016 will be the @dallascowboys in NFL's return to Los Angeles.

Rewind to last preseason, as I sat in my living room like many of you will do this weekend, and watched the Cowboys lose a meaningless game to the 49ers thanks to NFL Network. After the game, I released this rant, going off on the network for diving into talks of "Cowboys struggles" and "crushing Cowboys defeats".

Should the Rams start off their latest endeavor in Los Angeles with a win on Saturday, similar articles, videos, and tweets will surely try to get under your skin. Instead, I ask Cowboys Nation to focus on the players that have worked incredibly hard in Oxnard through the beginning of training camp, and are fighting to make this team better.

Head Coach Jason Garrett is all about competition, and having a roster full of young guys competing against each other on a team with high expectations is a great way to roll into a nationally televised preseason opener.

Stakes will be just a bit higher than usual, as Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers fight to prove that they can both be the answer behind Tony Romo moving forward at quarterback. They will do so by throwing to the likes of Andy Jones, Ed Eagan, and Geoff Swaim.

Defensively, the Mike McAdoo's, Zach Wood's, and Lawrence Okoye's of the world will get a fighting chance in the trenches for Rod Marinelli, fighting to make a team that needs all the help they can get at their respective positions.

Perhaps you didn't need this warning, and if any of the players listed above already have you excited for the game than you are well on your way, but Cowboys Nation as a whole should be ready to put our heads down after Saturday night and really talk about how 60 minutes of football in the books for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys can help this team reach the ultimate goal of Super Bowl LI.

Of course, you can do so right here on, and be sure to also tune in to the RJ Ochoa show - or RJOShow - with Staff Writer RJ Ochoa after the game - as I will be joining RJ to break down the Cowboys' first game on the journey that will be this new and exciting season.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Game Week: A Fair Warning to Cowboys Nation" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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